AIRMed has a very active clinical and biomedical research focus with considerable success in competitive NH&MRC, ARC, Cooperative Research Centre and other research grant funding. Below are listed Category 1-4 grants. The research is highly collaborative, with other Monash Departments, independent research institutes and clinical services, in particular Alfred Health. See grants below:

Pictured above right: The Lung Transplant Research Team (from left: Prof Franklin Rosenfeldt, Dr Glen Westall, A/Prof Bronwyn Levvey, Prof Greg Snell and senior perfusion specialists Mark Mennen and Robin McEgan), evaluates the function of genetically modified pig lungs perfused with human blood using the specially designed ex vivo perfusion rig.

For all CCS grants see CCS Grants.

Current AIRMed grants

Chief Investigator Grant title Grant agency Grant type Start year End year Total $
Gibson P, McDonald V, Wark P, King G, Thompson B, Reddel H, Upham J, Smith L, James A. National Clinical Centre of Research Excellence in Severe Asthma NHMRC Project 2015 2019 Newcastle/AIRMed $2,498,171
Purcell A, Mifsud N, Kotsimbos T. The role of cross-reactive T cells in severe lung disease following viral respiratory infections NHMRC Project 2015 2018 Monash/AIRMed $965,569
Fouras A, Sheard GJ, Thompson BR. Hybrid Imaging/Modelling: Unlocking our understanding of the lung ARC Discovery 2015 2018 Monash/AIRMed $334,400
Hogarth M, Wines B, Grimbaldestone M, O'Hehir RE. Structure and Function of Human Fc Receptors NHMRC Project 2015 2017 Monash/AIRMed $673,472
George J, Abramson M, Zwar N, Russell G, Holland A, Bonevski B, Mahal A. An interdisciplinary model of care for early detection of lung damage, smoking cessation support, and a home‐based exercise / self management program NHMRC Partnership 2014 2016 Monash/AIRMed $441,491
Wilson J, Kotsimbos T, Mitchell L, Allen-Graham J, Armani R, Herriot N, Smith J, Waxman B, Levinson M, Young A, Langton D. Evaluation of the benefit of the PCEHR NeHTA Project 2014 2015 Monash/AIRMed $99,800
Westall G, Glaspole I. Establishment of human interstitial disease (ILD) tissue bank CSL Project 2013 2016 AIRMed $216,000
Sands S. Reducing ventilatory instability and sleep apnea in patients with heart failure NHMRC CJ Martin Fellowship 2013 2016 Monash/AIRMed $338,836
De Kretser D, Dwyer K, Kotsimbos T, Snell G, Hedger M, AI O'Hehir RE. Activin A and follistatin are potential key regulators of organ transplant dysfunction and graft survival NHMRC Project 2013 2015 Monash/AIRMed $517,097

Completed grants

Chief Investigator Grant title Grant agency Grant type Start year End year Total $
Zimmet P,  Shaw J, Naughton MT, Schlaich M, Kaye DM,
Dixon J.
Addressing the Growing Burden of Sleep Apnea – A Screening Pathway BUPA Health Foundation 2012 2014 Baker IDI/AIRMed
Berger, P. Hamilton, Naughton, M. Edwards, Sands, Cooke. Treatment of sleep disordered breathing in patients with heart failure NHMRC Development 2012 2014 MIMR/AIRMed
O'Hehir, R. Rolland, J. Hardy, C. Impaired respiratory tolerance In obesity - the link with asthma? NHMRC  Project  2012 2014 AIRMed/Imm $644,685
Meeusen, E. O'Hehir, R. Designing new generation adjuvants for allergy and parasite vaccines ARC Project 2012 2014  Physiology/AIRMed $315,000
O'Hehir, RE. Rolland, JM. Prickett, S. Novel peanut allergy vaccine with translation to phase 0/1 clinical trial Alfred Health Project 2012 2014 AIRmed/Imm
Alison, J. McDonald, C. McKeough, Z. Jenkins, S. Holland, A. Hill, K. Morris, N. A randomised controlled trial of supplemental oxygen versus medical air in people with chronic obstructive pumonary disease:  Supplemental Oxygen in Pulmonary Rehabilitation Trial (SuppORT) NHMRC Project 2012 2014 AIRmed/Uni of Syd
O'Hehir, R.  Rolland, J. Human CD4+ T-cell epitope-based therapeutic for peanut allergy NHMRC  Project 2011 2013 AIRMed/Imm $389,208
Plebanski, M. O'Hehir, R. Hardy, C. Friend, J. Rolland, J. Mechanisms of nanoparticle-mediated inhibition of asthma NHMRC  Project 2011 2013 AIRMed/Imm $615,903
Thompson, B. Thien, F. Douglass, J. King, G.
O'Hehir, R.
Physiological aetiology of Refractory Asthma NHMRC  Project 2011 2013  AIRMed
O'Hehir, R. Rolland, J. Prickett, S. Induction of regulatory T-cell responses to inhibit 'anaphylactic'-type immune responses to nut allergens Ilhan Foundation Research 2011 2013  AIRMed/Imm $300,000
Abramson, MJ. Dharmage, S. Benke, G. Thompson, BT. Third Euro-Australian Respiratory Health Survey NHMRC Project 2011 2013


O'Hehir, R. Mackay, F. Hardy, C. Rolland, J. Follistatin therapy for cystic fibrosis and other lung inflammatory diseases CASS
Project 2011 2012  AIRMed/Imm $60,000
O'Hehir, R. CRC for asthma and airways: Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Program Cooperative Research Centre for Asthma Program 1999 2012 AIRMed/Imm $89,000,000 Consortium
O'Hehir, R. Meeusen, E. Molecular determinants of an allergic response ARC Discovery 2009 2011 Physiology/AIRMed $370,000
O'Hehir, R. Peptide immunotherapy for peanut allergy Ilhan Food Allergy Foundation Project 2010 2010 AIRMed/Imm
O'Hehir, R. Follistatin therapy for cystic fibrosis and other lung inflammatory disorders CASS Foundation Proof of Concept Project Grant #SM/09/2544 2010 2010 AIRMed/Imm $52,500
Plebanski, M.
O’Hehir, R. Hardy, C.
Rolland, JM.
Inhibition of allergic airway inflammation by nanoparticles NHMRC Project 2008 2010 AIRMed/Imm
O'Hehir, R. Anderson, G. Hamilton, J. Rolland, J.  The interface between innate and adaptive immunity in allergy and asthma NHMRC Program 2005 2009 AIRMed/Imm